Praise the Lard, it's Bacon, Jalapeño Mac and Cheese!
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Stand alone meal, or served as a meat entrée side dish -- you can't go wrong!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound macaroni (penne or elbow macaroni)
  • 4 cups hot milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups Gruyère cheese - shredded
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese -- shredded
  • 2 TSP salt
  • 2 TSP pepper
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1 Jalapeño - diced
  • 8 - 12 slices of bacon, depending on thickness, cooked and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • Bread Crumbs
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Boil pasta as directed on the package, drain well.
  3. In separate pot warm milk over medium - low heat.
  4. Melt butter in large pot over low heat and whisk in flour for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir constantly.
  6. Whisk in hot milk.
  7. Bring heat to high and boil mixture, whisking until thick and smooth.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Add cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  10. Add the diced jalapeño and bacon, then add pasta.
  11. Stir thoroughly.
  12. Pour into 9"x13" baking dish and top with bread crumbs.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
Recipe by The Bacon Hunter at http://thebaconhunter.com/?p=1335